Luther College has the largest concentration of Charles Altfillisch buildings anywhere; all major college buildings from 1926 through 1966 were designed by Altfillisch. In recognition of his importance to the campus, Luther College in 1952 presented Altfillisch an honorary law degree and in 1964 named him “College Architectural Consultant.” Signs with maps can be found throughout the campus, which will facilitate a self-created walking tour; most building facades cannot be adequately seen from an automobile. Many buildings are open to the public during the day. The properties are here listed in chronological order. All existing properties except the Athletic Center and the College Bell are NRHP 2021.

Much of the following material–including much unattributed direct quotation–is taken, with the author’s permission, from the 2020 National Register of Historic Places nomination written by professional consultant Dr. Jan Olive Full. That document was based on Full’s research, published Luther College histories, and on the 2017 Luther College Archives research by volunteer Luther College staff and Decorah Historic Preservation Commission members. The full nomination document is available at https://www.decorahia.org/historic-preservation/decorah-historic-sites/luther-college-campus-historic-district-registration-application. Some photos from the nomination have been included here with Jan Full’s cutlines. Many photos are from the Luther College archives.

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C. K. Preus Gymnasium

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Tudor Collegiate

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408 High St

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English Cottage, Tudor Revival

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Korsrud Heating Plant

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Collegiate Gothic

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Brandt Hall

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Collegiate Gothic

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Main III

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International Style

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Olson Hall

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Midcentury Modern, Streamline Style

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College Bell

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Midcentury Modern

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Valders Hall of Science

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International Style, Roof Architecture

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[Dahl] Centennial Union

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Midcentury Modern, Contemporary

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Athletic Center

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Midcentury Modern, Contemporary

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Ylvisaker Hall

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Midcentury Modern, Streamline Style

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Facilities Service Building

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Regents Tower Dormitories, with Brunsdale Lounge

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Midcentury Modern